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Jealous Rugby boyfriend stabbed suspected rival

Rugby Editorial 29th Jan, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

A JEALOUS boyfriend who repeatedly stabbed another young man as he was sitting in his car has been cleared of trying to kill him.

Caine Jackson pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to the attempted murder of Troy Watts during the incident in Parkfield Road, Rugby, last September.

But Jackson, who was 19 at the time, of Parkfield Road, pleaded guilty to wounding 21-year-old Mr Watts with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

Accepting the pleas, prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith told the court that Jackson left his house on September 21 armed with a knife around ten inches long, and walked over to a car where he repeatedly stabbed Mr Watts.

Jackson ran off, leaving Mr Watts with injuries to his left cheek and left arm.

Mr Grieves-Smith said: “It arose as a result of his belief about a sexual relationship between his girlfriend and Mr Watts, although there was no substance to that belief.

“There has been injury of a significant type; but to secure a conviction for attempted murder it would be necessary to prove an intent to kill.”

Judge Richard Griffith-Jones observed: “There is nothing in his antecedents which would compel a court to conclude he’s dangerous, but the offence itself might.”

Matthew Brook, defending, said there had been text messages of a sexual nature exchanged between various parties, although there had been a 2-3 week gap between that being discovered and this incident.

Adjourning the case for a psychiatric report to be prepared on Jackson and remanding him in custody, Judge Griffith-Jones told him: “I trust you will be seen by a psychiatrist.”

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